Chelsea hope to steal ahead of Arsenal and bring coveted midfielder to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are thought to be contemplating a late bid for Toulouse star Etienne Capoue, meaning Arsenal will have to act fast if they are to sign the midfielder.
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The West London side were concerned ahead of their match against the Gunners last weekend, for they were missing both David Luiz and John Obi Mikel – recent regulars in the defensive midfield slot.
Lampard and Ramires performed well as interim alternatives in the anchor role, but Arsenal really should have harried them more in the first half.
If they had performed like they did in the second, Arsene Wenger’s side might have had a chance of winning the game – and that will not be lost on Chelsea’s current boss Rafa Benitez.
Etienne Capoue of Toulouse could be a great solution for both sides’ midfield cores, as his strong tackling and positional discipline would be useful for cutting opponents’ attacks short.
He is also a surprisingly effective deep lying playmaker, and begins attacks well from just in front of the defence. Comfortable on the ball, he is able to both spread the ball wide to full backs and wingers and slot through balls to central attackers.
Of course, Toulouse are well aware that he is one of the hottest properties in French football at the moment – and they will likely ask for a transfer fee north of £10 million.
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